Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and his wife Strida attend a press conference as Geagea announces his candidacy for the presidency in Maarab, Friday, April 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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The Lebanese Forces nominated its leader Samir Geagea to run for the presidency Friday, in the opening salvo of what is set to be a contentious race.Adwan said that previous presidents were often chosen by foreign leaders, were not independent, or lacked "color, smell and opinion".Geagea refused to share power with Hezbollah in February in Prime Minister Tammam Salam's "national interest government" due to the party's involvement in Syria.But in a sign of a softer tone toward his rivals, Geagea refrained from naming Hezbollah in his opening speech, and described as a "positive step" the statement by his potential rival, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, who said he would not run if Geagea was nominated for the presidency. He also praised Hezbollah Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Fneish after a statement by the latter saying it was Geagea's right to run for presidency. Adwan said that March 14 leaders had long been aware of Geagea's candidacy and that he had unrelentingly championed the alliance's principles.
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